Federal Pell Grants for College
What is a Federal Pell Grant?
A Federal Pell Grant is a type of federal financial aid. Like other types of grants, a Federal Pell Grant does not need to be repaid (except in certain situations).
Pell Grant Application
To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form every year they’re in school.
Pell Grant Qualifications and Eligibility
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to undergraduate students with financial need who have not obtained a bachelor’s or professional degree. In some instances, students enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program may be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant.
Other financial aid a student receives will not affect the amount of aid they receive from a Federal Pell Grant.
Maximum Award Amount
The annual maximum for Federal Pell Grants for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 award years is $5,920.
The actual amount of aid a student receives depends on a number of factors including
- Level of financial need
- Cost of attendance
- Part- or full-time status
- Length of attendance during the academic year
Students who receive the Federal Pell Grant are eligible to do so for up to 12 semesters (approximately six years)
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